Boating

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How often should the oil be changed on a boat's engine?
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At least once every boating season
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Which of the following is a proper fueling tip?
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Ensure that the engine is off and no one is onboard
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What precautions should be taken on board a vessel during a lightning storm?
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Unplug all electrical equipment
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How do you keep the weight evenly distributed on a trailered boat?
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Tie down any loose items or equipment in the boat
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Which of the following flags is used to indicate a Gale Warning (observed forecast winds of 34-47 knots)?
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two triangles
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What information should be included in a Float Plan?
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The date and time to contact the authorities
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Before using a trailer, in addition to having the capacity to carry the boat, you should ensure that the trailer has the capacity to also carry which of the following?
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Motor, fuel and any additional gear
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Which of the following would indicate foul weather might be approaching?
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A rapid temperature change
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Weather forecasts, particularly on the water, can change quickly. What is the best method to monitor the weather while out on the water?
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Keep an eye to the sky to watch for dark clouds and lightning
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Which of the following options is recommended for the general maintenance of your boat?
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Using marine-approved parts instead of electrical auto parts
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Which of the following is an action that can help survive a capsizing?
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Try to right the boat or get onto the capsized boat
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Which of the following actions could help to prevent a capsizing?
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Take the wake from another boat head on; off the bow
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Which of the following best describes the operator's rule of responsibility?
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Pay attention and operate the vessel responsibly
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Which of the following actions is required of Powerboat A when approaching the starboard side of Sailboat B in darkness or reduced visibility?
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Give-way to the port side
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Which of the following sound signals is required of a power boat that is underway but is not moving during periods of restricted visibility?
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2 prolonged blasts
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What does one prolonged blast emitted by Boat A using an efficient sound producing device indicate?
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its presence to other boats
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When encountering another vessel in darkness or reduced visibility, what do visible red and green lights indicate?
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You are approaching a sailing vessel head-on
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During periods of restricted visibility which of the following vessels must emit 1 prolonged blast immediately followed by 2 short blasts every two minutes?
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Sailboat
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Which of the following sound signals is required of a power boat that is anchored during periods of restricted visibility?
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5 seconds of rapid bell ringing
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"Safe speed" can best be defined as which of the following?
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A speed that allows time and distance to avoid collision
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When two vessels are in a crossing a situation, the vessel that must maintain course and speed (Vessel B), is referred to as which of the following?
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Stand-on vessel
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In areas of heavy boat traffic, how can the operator reduce the chances of a collision?
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Adjust your speed and direction accordingly or.... assign a second passanger to act as a second lookout
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As a general rule of thumb, the length of the rode (anchor line + chain) should be how many times the depth of water in which it will anchor?
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7-10 times
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When docking your vessel and the wind is at your back, how should you approach the dock?
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Approach at a shallow angle, (10-20ยฐ) and drift into the dock
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When docking your boat, you will have more control if the wind is coming from which direction?
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wind in your face
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Which of the following best describes a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD)?
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A system that prevents pollution and the discharge of raw sewage
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What is the name of the device that regulates the amount of fuel going into the engine of a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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Throttle
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What should an operator do when attempting to re-board a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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Approach from the direction marked on the hull
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Why are Submersed Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) beds important to the marine environment?
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They are a habitat for fish and a food source for waterfowl
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Which of the following is a recommended safety precaution while fishing or hunting?
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Keep an eye out for other boaters and respect their space
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Which of the following items is required aboard a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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A B I fire extinguisher
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What should recreational boaters keep in mind if traveling in waters where there are anglers and hunters?
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Give a wide berth and respect the space needed for the activity
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How is a personal watercraft (PWC) propelled through the water?
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It has an inboard engine powering a water jet pump
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Which of the following is an accurate statement regarding general paddling safety?
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Maintain three points of contact while moving around in the boat
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What is the purpose of having a safety lanyard on a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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To stop the engine if the operator falls overboard
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What is the purpose of a propeller guard?
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Protects people in the water against propeller strikes
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Because of the fatiguing effects of the sun, wind and motion of the boat, having one drink on the water is like having how many on shore?
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3
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Consuming alcohol or drugs before operating a boat increases the chances of which of the following?
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A boating accident
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A motorboat is easier to maneuver in which of the following conditions?
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When travelling against the current
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Which of the following is a MYTH associated with drinking and boating?
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Drinking alcohol while operating a boat is not a serious offense
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Boat operators MUST reduce speed when encountering which of the following?
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People in the water
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Which of the following is an example of showing courtesy towards other boaters and property owners on the water?
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Discuss safe operation with anyone who operates your boat
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Who is responsible for ensuring that all passengers are informed about emergency procedures?
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The boat operator
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Which of the following actions can quickly lead to carbon monoxide poisoning?
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Teak surfing behind any motorized vessel
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Boat operators are responsible for which of the following?
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Any damage caused by their boat's wake
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In Washington State, young boaters (12-20 years of age) are required to have their Boater Education Card when operating a vessel greater than how many horsepower?
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15 hp
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Which of the following must an operator remember to bring onboard their vessel before every boating trip in Washington State?
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Registration Card
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Which of the following actions or events would qualify as Negligent Operation in Washington State?
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Creating a wake which causes a canoe to nearly capsize Creating a wake which causes a canoe to nearly capsize
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In Washington State, whenever onboard a vessel less than 19 feet in length that is underway, a properly sized personal flotation device must be worn by children how many years of age and younger?
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12 years of age and younger
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In Washington State, which of the following is an accurate statement with regards to water skiing?
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Skiing under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strongly discouraged Skiing under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strongly discouraged
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Which of the following will most reduce the chances of fatalities while on or around the water?
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Wearing a properly fitted life jacket at all times
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Which of the following is the proper washing procedure for your Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
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Mild soap and water
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What type of fire extinguisher must be carried onboard smaller motorized vessels, with installed fuel tanks, that are less than 26 feet in length?
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B I
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Where would the RED navigation light be located on the following powerboat?
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Port (left) side
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Which of the following marine distress signals would be most effective when operating after dark or during restricted visibility?
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flares
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Which of the following should ALWAYS be taken into consideration when planning a boating trip?
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weather forecast
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Which of the following is the BEST method to check for local hazards, especially when boating in any new or unfamiliar waterways?
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Consult marine charts or ask local boaters
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What information should be included in a Float Plan?
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Date and time to contact authorities in an emergency
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Proper maintenance of a vessel has many benefits, including which of the following?
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A safer boating experience
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Proper maintenance of a vessel has many benefits, including which of the following?
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safer boating experience
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When launching your boat, when should you start and test the engine?
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In the water with the winch line still attached
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Which of the following is a proper fueling tip?
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Ensure that the engine is off and no one is onboard
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Which of the following is an accurate statement regarding a pre-departure checklist?
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used on each trip, regardless of length
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Vessel operators should reduce speed when approaching which of the following?
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swimmers
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Boat operators MUST reduce speed when encountering which of the following?
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people in the water
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Since boats do not have brakes, what is the best way to bring your boat to a stop?
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Shift into reverse and apply power to the engine
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Operators must remain at least how far from military and naval vessels?
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100 yards
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Which of the following is the best way to help ensure your safety and the safety of others when operating a vessel?
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avoid alcohol and drugs while operating
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Drugs and alcohol have which of the following effects on boat operators?
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Diminished coordination
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Which of the following is a rule of operator responsibility?
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always stay alert
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Which of the following is a legal requirement for boat operation?
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Operators must use every available means to determine the risk of a collision
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'Safe Speed' can best be defined as which of the following?
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A speed that allows time and distance to avoid collision
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If approaching an area of high traffic density, what should a boat operator do?
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slow down
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When two vessels are in a crossing a situation, the vessel that must maintain course and speed (Vessel B), is referred to as which of the following?
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stand-on vessel
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As a recreational boat operator, what actions must you take when in a narrow channel?
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Operate as near as possible to the outer limit of the channel on your starboard side
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Which of the following actions is required of Boat A as it approaches the port side of Boat B in darkness or reduced visibility?
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Give-way to the starboard side
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Non-lateral black and white vertical stripes
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Obstruction Marker - indicates an obstruction to navigation
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If you encounter this green marker buoy when heading in the upstream direction (returning from sea), how should you proceed?
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Keep the marker on your port (left) side
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What should the anchor line be secured to before the anchor is thrown over the side of a vessel?
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A bow cleat
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Which of the following is one of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
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headache
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What should you do if you see a distress signal but cannot offer assistance without putting your vessel at risk?
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Notify the nearest authorities who can assist
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If an individual has been involved in a capsizing and they are too far from their boat, they should improvise flotation with which of the following items?
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Empty cooler
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Which of the following is an accurate statement with regards to rescuing a victim who has fallen overboard?
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Assign one person to keep sight and monitor the overboard person
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Which of the following is most likely to cause a capsizing?
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Operator error
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Loss of consciousness most often occurs during which stage of cold water immersion?
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Longer-term immersion (Immersion hypothermia)
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A fire on board a vessel can be extinguished by removing which of the following elements?
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fuel
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Which of the following events will most likely occur if an operator encounters marker buoys indicating shallow water and thinks that they spot a sandbar up ahead?
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The vessel could run aground
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Before operating a Personal Watercraft, where should the lanyard be attached?
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The operator's wrist or lifejacket
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What should you do if your personal watercraft (PWC) overturns?
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Check the stern decal for the proper way to turn it upright
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Which of the following is an accurate safe towing recommendation?
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Seats should be made available for the operator, an observer and the person being towed
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Which of the following conditions were present in over 80% of paddling fatalities from 1995-2000?
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The victims were not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD)
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Federal Law mandates that the steering or helm area of a vessel less than 20 feet in length must have which of the following?
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Capacity plate
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Which of the following is TRUE with regards to inflatable personal flotation devices (PFD)?
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They must be worn to meet legal requirements
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Which of the following is a characteristic of a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD)?
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It should be a relatively snug fit
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Which of the following is an example of illegal operation in Washington State?
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Operating an unregistered power boat
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In Washington State, personal watercraft (PWCs) may ONLY be operated during what hours?
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Sunrise to sunset (during the day)
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Which of the following is the most accurate description of the Negligent Operation Law in Washington State?
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Endangering or likely to endanger other persons or property while operating
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In Washington State, whenever onboard a vessel less than 19 feet in length that is underway, a properly sized personal flotation device must be worn by children how many years of age and younger?
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16 years of age and younger
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In Washington State, operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) equipped with an engine cutoff must do which of the following?
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Attach the lanyard to their person
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In Washington State, when involved in waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing etc., which of the following must be present in addition to the operator to avoid risk of accident or injury?
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An observer onboard the vessel
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In Washington State, which of the following is an accurate statement with regards to towing a person behind a vessel?
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A red or orange skier-down flag must be displayed if a skier falls in the water
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Which of the following scenarios is an example of reckless operation speed in Washington State?
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Repeatedly and deliberately ignoring a marked speed zone
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Why does Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission strongly discourage persons from sitting on the rear swim step of any motorized vessel while the engine is running?
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There is a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
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In Washington State, if an operator is approaching or being approached by a law enforcement vessel flashing a blue light or a siren, what should they do?
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Slow down and alter course immediately
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In Washington State, to avoid any accidents or injuries, who is required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while being towed behind a vessel in any manner?
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All persons being towed behind a vessel
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Which of the following is an accurate statement regarding Tsunami emergencies in Washington State?
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Whenever possible boaters should head to deeper water.
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In Washington State, how often is a vessel owner required to renew their vessel's Registration card?
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Every year
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In Washington State, if a vessel operator involved in a boating accident which results in the death of an individual is found to have been operating while under the influence of alcohol, their actions will most likely be treated as which of the following?
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Homicide by watercraft
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In Washington State, a person must be at least what age in order to operate a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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14 years of age
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In Washington State, what is the best method for a motorized vessel to make a distress call while operating in a shipping lane?
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A VHF-FM radio
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In Washington State, when engaged in towed water sports, how many people are required on board the vessel?
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An operator and an observer
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In Washington State, a Boating Accident Report form must be submitted within 48 hours of an accident if it resulted in which of the following?
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Death or serious injury
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Before boating on an unfamiliar body of water what is the best resource that should be contacted in order to find out about specific equipment and operational restrictions?
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The local sheriff's office
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In Washington State, in the event that a registered vessel is either lost or destroyed the Department of Licensing must be notified within how many days?
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15 days
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In Washington State, operators must fill out a Boating Accident Report when property damages are at least what amount?
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$500
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Which of the following is an accurate statement regarding marine patrols in Washington State?
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Authorities may stop any vessel and direct it to a suitable location so that it may be boarded.
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Which of the following is the SAFEST use of a life jacket or PFD?
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worn at all times around the water
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The U.S. Coast Guard requires certain equipment be carried onboard a vessel based on the vessel's length. How must an operator measure the length of their vessel?
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From the outside of the bow to the outside of the stern
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Federal Law mandates that the steering or helm area of a power boat less than 20 feet in length must have which of the following?
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capacity plate
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Where can you find the maximum horsepower for your boat?
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On the capacity plate
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Under which circumstance may the Maximum Person Capacity of a vessel be exceeded?
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It can never be exceeded
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Which of the following indicates the BOW of this vessel?
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The front of the vessel
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Which of the following indicates the PORT side of this vessel?
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The left side of the vessel
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Which of the following indicates the STERN of this vessel?
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The rear of the vessel.
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What useful information can be found on a capacity plate?
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The maximum number of persons you may safely carry on your boat
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Stern Drive
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No guard around engine
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Inboard
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Guard around engine
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The carburetors on inboard mounted gasoline engines must be equipped with an approved back-fire flame arrestor. What purpose does having a back-fire flame arrestor play?
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To prevent back fire which results when unburned exhaust collects in the engine area
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During which of the following activities may an Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) be used?
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Fishing
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When encountering other vessels in darkness or reduced visibility, what does a visible white light indicate?
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You are approaching the stern of another vessel
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A Class B fire extinguisher is designed to put out which of the following types of fires?
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flammable liquids such as gasoline
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Which of the following is a characteristic common to both Type II: Near-Shore Buoyant Vest and Type III: Flotation Aid?
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They are designed for calm, inland water
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Which of the following flags is used to indicate a Hurricane Warning (observed forecast winds of 60 knots or greater)?
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2 red square flags with black dot in the middle, and two red circles to the right of the square
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Which of the following terms is used to describe severe weather conditions?
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Small craft advisory
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Preparation for an approaching storm should include which of the following activities?
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Head to the nearest safe shoreline
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What does a falling barometric reading (atmospheric pressure) indicate?
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Foul weather is approaching
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What is a CRITICAL step to take before launching your boat?
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Insert the drain plug
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Which of the following are recommended sources of short-term and long-term forecasted weather information?
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Radio, TV or the Internet
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Which of the following is the BEST method to check for local hazards, especially when boating in any new or unfamilliar waterways?
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Consult marine charts or ask local boaters
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In preparation to trailer a boat, it is recommended that you do which of the following?
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Tie down all loose items and equipment
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When are you required to give your name, address, and boat identification to the operator or owner of another vessel?
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When involved in an accident with that operator's vessel
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What does the acronym "H.E.L.P." stand for?
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Heat Escape Lessening Posture
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Which of the following actions could help to prevent a capsizing?
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Take the wake from another boat head on; off the bow
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Which term describes a vessel that has turned on its side or has turned completely over?
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Capsizing
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Which of the following is an accurate statement with regards to rescuing a victim who has fallen overboard?
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If in a powerboat, keep the victim on the opposite side of the operator
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Of the following, which is the best possible method to prevent drowning from a fall overboard or a capsizing?
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Wear a properly fitted lifejacket at all times
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What is the purpose of the H.E.L.P. position?
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Slows the loss of heat from the body's core
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Which of the following sound signals is required of a power boat that has run aground during periods of restricted visibility?
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3 bell strokes + 5 seconds of rapid bell ringing + 3 bell strokes
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A sailboat that is propelled by an outboard motor is considered to be which of the following?
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Power-driven vessel
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When encountering another vessel in darkness or reduced visibility, what do visible white, red and green lights indicate?
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You are approaching a powerboat head-on
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If sail boats A and B are approaching each other with the wind on different sides, why is vessel A considered the give-way vessel (vessel that must take early and substantial action to avoid a collision)?
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It has the wind on its port side
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Which of the following is the most important factor when determining a safe speed?
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Wind, water conditions and currents
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Which of the following actions is required of Boat A when approaching Boat B head-on in darkness or reduced visibility?
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Give-way to the starboard side
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When two vessels are in a crossing situation on the water, the vessel that must take early and substantial action to avoid a collision (Vessel A) is called which of the following?
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Give-way vessel
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If operating on the Western Rivers System, what do numbers fixed below Day Markers indicate?
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distance to the river mouth
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When choosing an area to anchor your vessel what factors should you keep in mind?
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Allow a 360-degree area of movement around your vessel
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Which of the following is a mooring buoy?
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white w/ blue ring
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Day marker buoy
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red
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Which of the following statements regarding safe towing is the most accurate?
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A seat should be left available on board for each person being towed
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What does the Save Our Seas (SOS) placard, which is required on all vessels greater than 26 feet, outline in detail?
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Waste disposal regulations
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How should a ski boat operator approach a skier who has fallen?
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On the operator's side of the vessel
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Which of the following may NEVER be dumped in inland waters?
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Untreated human waste
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If your engine stops while you are trying to reach the shore during a storm, what should you do?
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Drop an anchor from the bow
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Which of the following flags is used to indicate a Small Craft Advisory (observed forecast winds of 18-33 knots)?
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one small triangular flag
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Boat operators should frequently monitor which of the following for weather updates while out on the water?
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radio
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If a storm hits and the water becomes rough, vessels should approach waves with the bow at what angle?
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45 degrees
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With whom should a Float Plan be left?
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responsible person on shore
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Which of the following options is recommended for the general maintenance of your boat?
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Using marine-approved parts instead of electrical auto parts
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Since most personal watercraft (PWC) do not have brakes, what must be done in order to avoid an obstacle?
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Apply throttle and quickly steer
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How is a personal watercraft (PWC) propelled through the water?
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It has an inboard engine powering a water jet pump
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What actions can you take to minimize the chances of an accident when operating a personal watercraft (PWC)?
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Be mindful of your wake
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How can operators avoid damaging Submersed Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) beds that are usually found in shallow areas of water?
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Reducing to 'No Wake' speed
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What federal regulation must personal watercraft (PWC) operators adhere to just like all other powerboat operators?
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Register the PWC with the state where it is operated
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All gasoline-powered vessels built after 1940 are required to have either natural or powered ventilation systems. What is the purpose of having a ventilation system?
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It removes flammable gases
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How many fire extinguishers must be carried onboard power boats, with installed fuel tanks, between 26 and 40 feet in length?
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Either two B I or a single B II
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What type of Personal Flotation Device (PFD) must be kept onboard any vessel 16 feet or longer?
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Type IV: Throwable Device
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Under which of the following conditions would an operator be required to replace a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
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If the PFD is ripped or torn
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Since most personal watercraft (PWCs) do not have brakes, what must be done in order to avoid an obstacle?
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apply throttle and quickly steer
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Which of the following is a disadvantage of a Type III: Flotation Aid PFD?
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It will not turn an unconscious person face-up
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When encountering other vessels in darkness or reduced visibility, what do visible white, green and red lights indicate?
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You are approaching a powerboat head-on
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When retrieving your boat, you should back the trailer into the water until how much of the bunks or rollers are submerged?
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2/3
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From which direction does foul weather typically approach?
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West
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If your engine stops while you are trying to reach the shore during a storm, what should you do?
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Drop anchor from the bow
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Which of the following local hazards are SPECIFICALLY hazardous for sailing vessels?
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powerlines
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Which of the following actions is required of Boat A while overtaking Boat B in darkness or reduced visibility?
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Give-way to the starboard side
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Which of the following actions is required of Powerboat A when approaching Sailboat B head-on in darkness or reduced visibility?
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Give-way to the port side
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When docking your vessel and the wind is in your face, how should you approach the dock?
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Approach at a steep angle (30-45ยฐ) and swing the boat quickly
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Hazard Marker
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Diamond
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Day-Marker
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Red triangle and green square